Combined Cutlery Or Combined With Ancillary Feature Patents (Class 30/123)
  • Patent number: 10392157
    Abstract: A cutting tooth (101) of a cutting device is disclosed as part of a closure device for opening a container covering for the first time. The shape of the cutting tooth (101) with a blunted tooth tip (1011) with a cutting edge (1012) leads to improved cutting results, wherein the container covering is notched or nicked. Here, each cutting tooth (101) has a robust tooth tip (1011) without edges which cuts into the container covering as a result of rotation of a cap of the closure device, wherein the cutting device is moved along with it.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Assignee: ROBERT BOSCH GMBH
    Inventor: Dan Barron
  • Patent number: 10327391
    Abstract: The present invention relates to pruning shears, and is intended to cut off branches and stems of landscape trees, fruit trees, etc. while minimizing slips, etc. occurring during pruning when the branches or stems have large diameters or are stiff, to alleviate impacts applied to a hand of an operator particularly at the moment when thick branches or stems are cut off, and to be conveniently hung on a tree branch during work. Furthermore, the pruning shears have a rotating portable saw accommodation means configured to cut off a tree branch or stem outside the cutting range of the pruning shears.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Inventor: Jinchul Song
  • Patent number: 10265841
    Abstract: A multifunction tool includes a first handle and a second handle where each of the first and second handles include a non-linear track forming a slot. The multifunction tool further includes a jaw assembly slidably coupled to the non-linear tracks of the first and second handles where the jaw assembly is configured to slide within the slots of the first and second handles between a stowed position within the handles and a deployed position extending from the handles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: Fiskars Brands, Inc.
    Inventors: Matt Rauwerdink, Hal Hardinge, Benjamin J. Nyssen, Jason Keenan
  • Patent number: 10207415
    Abstract: Provided are multifunctional folding knives for quick access to the blade and conveniently tool-securing accessory thereto. The knife comprises a blade and a handle pivotally connected to the blade. A cutout is disposed on a spine of the blade. Two or more holes are disposed in opposite relation around the cutout. A tool-securing accessory is removably secured on a spine of the blade. The tool-securing accessory comprises a base plate. A magnet is disposed in the base plate. A flange is disposed along a distal edge of an upper surface of the base plate and forming a concave opening. A semi-collar comprising a pair of arms is pivotally secured on the flange configured to switch between a locked position and an unlocked position. Two or more posts are perpendicularly disposed on the base plate to removably engage the two or more holes on the spine of the blade.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: ReNu Tech Solutions, LLC
    Inventor: Isaac Vellekamp
  • Patent number: 10144140
    Abstract: A cutting hand tool with a blade slide and a lower front part of the housing that pivots down providing access to blade securing means if the blade slide is in the extended position with additional pivoting blade securing means connected to the blade slide providing access to the blade for replacement in the horizontal open position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: Ritesafety Products Internatioal, LLC
    Inventor: Thomas Jay Landwehr
  • Patent number: 10092052
    Abstract: A compact, ergonomic, lighted, retractable seam ripper is provided, having a housing, a retractable seam ripping blade, an LED, a battery, and a switch. The housing has generally planar exterior sidewalls and lower peripheral surface, a generally arcuate upper peripheral surface, a blade opening in the upper surface, and a longitudinally extending first and second rail generally parallel to the lower peripheral surface. The retractable seam ripping blade is mounted on a blade holder translatable along the first rail. A spring integral with the holder has a locking projection that engages locking depressions in the second rail. An actuating member between the spring and housing dislodges the locking projection from each of the locking depressions. The switch connects the LED to the battery when actuated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    Assignee: DPG USA INC.
    Inventors: Ronald C. Farnum, Sabrina Katz, Evan Ward, Daniel Schaumann
  • Patent number: 9945551
    Abstract: An illuminated eating utensil and container system includes a plurality of utensils. Each of the utensils includes a handle that is translucent. A head is attached to a first end of the handle. A light emitter is mounted at a juncture of the head and the handle and is directed towards a second end of the handle. The light emitter illuminates the handle when the light emitter is turned on. A battery is mounted in the head and is electrically coupled to the light emitter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Inventor: Gennie Vann
  • Patent number: 9894906
    Abstract: A tenderizing knife for use in tenderizing meat, such as steak or poultry and the like. The knife includes an elongated cutting blade having a handle on a proximal end thereof. A first edge of the cutting blade is serrated, while the second edge of the cutting blade is blunt. The first edge comprises a square serration pattern, wherein the square shaped serrations are spaced at a fixed interval and help to allow the user to tenderize the meat rather than cut therethrough. The distal end of the cutting blade includes a smooth edge for use in cutting through the meat in the traditional fashion. In operation, the user can make a series of small cuts across the meat using the serrated edge in order to tenderize the meat prior to cooking.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2018
    Inventor: Danny Kennedy
  • Patent number: 9852653
    Abstract: A diet aid comprises a removable sleeve, having a timing circuit with user-adjustable delay, visual cues, and a slot into which an ordinary eating utensil can be inserted, the insertion of the utensil energizing the circuit, with the delay cycle triggered automatically as the user places a bite of food to their mouth.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2017
    Inventor: Christopher Lott Palmer
  • Patent number: 9814912
    Abstract: A multi-function charging adapter that include a movable forward nosepiece (or “plug”), a rearwardly open main power socket, a glass-breaking mechanism, and optionally an auxiliary charging port. The forward nosepiece acts as part of the electrical circuit of the adapter, and as a shroud for a pointed plunger of the glass-breaking mechanism. Depression of the nosepiece causes the glass-breaking mechanism to automatically move from the cocked state to a released state. Related methods of use are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Assignee: SHANGHAI EASY-USE TOOLS ENTERPRISE CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Shiyu Sun
  • Patent number: 9737173
    Abstract: A dining utensil includes a stimulating component, a sensing component, and a communication component to enhance a dining experience. The stimulating component includes one or more light sources, which may be different colors. The utensil has a processor with the computer program configured to activate the stimulating component to illuminate the eating portion of the utensil, which may display an image or video. The stimulating component may be optically coupled with a light guide to provide lighted bands, portions, and patterns. The sensing component senses a food condition, and may be configured to activate the stimulating component. The communication component provides wireless communication with a mobile phone and the internet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2017
    Inventor: James F. Kramer
  • Patent number: 9713877
    Abstract: A clipper head (100) includes a base surface (102) and a front surface (204). One or more clipper teeth (109) extend from an intersection (108) of the base surface and the front surface. One or more protuberances (110,111,112) extend from the base surface. The protuberances reduce the surface area that contacts a patient's skin, thereby reducing friction and drag.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 25, 2017
    Assignee: Medline Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Stuart Mintz, Robert Lockwood
  • Patent number: 9716359
    Abstract: Provided are multifunctional tools functioning as a cigarette lighter socket adapter, safety hammer and cutter used in a car. The multifunctional tool comprises a body portion, a striking mechanism, means for adapting the electricity from the cigarette lighter socket, and blades disposed in a inner surface of the a hook-shaped structure. The tool can be used as an electricity adapter converting the electricity from the cigarette lighter socket into various outlet ports, such as USB ports or any other types of outlet ports or connectors for electronic devices. The striking mechanism enables the striking member in the tool to be shoot out with a high impact force, breaking objects such as a car window. The blade is used to cut objects such as a seat belt when the user is trapped in a car in an emergency.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 25, 2017
    Inventor: Ye Xu
  • Patent number: 9636805
    Abstract: The present invention discloses a pair of retractable pliers, comprising a jaw body which comprises a first and a second jaw part that are articulated together via an articulated shaft, and a handle body which comprises a first and a second internal housing. The first and the second jaw part each have a pliers head and a connection part, and the connection parts of the first and the second jaw part are slidably connected to the first and the second internal housing respectively. The pair of retractable pliers also comprises a locking structure which is arranged on the connection parts of the first and the second jaw part and which is capable of fixing the connection parts of the first and the second jaw part together. Once the locking structure is open, the pliers heads can open automatically for convenience of use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2017
    Inventor: Min Wang
  • Patent number: 9464806
    Abstract: Improvements in a multi-functional gun bolt cleaning and fire starting survival tool. The tool is specifically designed for owners and operators of semi-automatic and fully automatic firearms that utilize a rotating breech bolt (for example, the M-4 carbine, M16 and AR-15 type rifles). The tool has a steel tool designed to scrape carbon buildup off on critical surfaces so the firearm may function. The tool incorporates a flint rod for use with the steel tool, creating sparks for starting fires. The housing of the device keeps the other parts away from elements and acts as a handle for the flint rod when trying to start fires. The entire device is designed to fit within compartments found in common firearms accessories.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2016
    Inventor: Jashua Allen Hensley
  • Patent number: 9289903
    Abstract: A removable knife draw assembly for a folding knife. The removable knife draw assembly may be structured as a clip assembly and include a modified clip and other components which can be used in various combinations, including one or more of a clip draw tab, a body draw tab, a height adjuster, a tensioner, a tensioner pad, and a platform. The removable knife draw assembly provides structures that allow a user to engage and use the knife in an efficient manner. In this configuration, the removable clip assembly provides a removable clip to adjustably position the folding knife to a pocket, holster or other container, the removable clip having one or more of a clip draw tab to remove the knife from the container, a height adjuster to position the folding knife in the container and a tensioning mechanism to secure the folding knife in the container with the proper resistance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2016
    Inventor: Ronald E. Douzanis
  • Patent number: 9192997
    Abstract: Embodiments include a sharpening fixture adapted to mount to the nose of a chainsaw guide bar. When mounted, the operator may direct a force towards the guide bar thereby causing a linear directed actuator to move a sharpening element into engagement with cutters of a saw chain to sharpen a cutting edge of the cutters. In various embodiments, the actuator is biased such that when the force is no longer applied, the actuator pulls the sharpening element out of engagement with the cutters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2015
    Assignee: Blount, Inc.
    Inventors: Christopher Seigneur, Ian Osborne
  • Patent number: 9073134
    Abstract: The invention relates to a power tool (1), especially in the form of a hand-held jigsaw (2). In order to allow for a semi-autonomous operation which assists the user to guide the tool, the tool is provided with a sensor system (27) for observing a detection surface (31, 43) within which the desired working direction is detected as a path default (23) for the saw blade (8) serving as the tool (7) with respect to its alignment relative to the jigsaw (2), the detected path default being intended for downstream control means (26). Said control means align the saw blade (8) relative to the path default (23) by rotating it about its longitudinal axis (25) so that the user guiding the saw blade (2) only has to make sure that the path default (23) extends inside the detection surface (31, 43).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2015
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Thilo Koeder, Joachim Platzer
  • Patent number: 9073224
    Abstract: A foldable box opener is securable to a writing or pointing implement and has a blade mount having a collar attachable to a top portion of the writing implement and a portion adjacent the collar, with the offset portion including an opening extending through the offset portion, a blade including a first blade edge and a second blade edge opposite the first blade edge, and a pin attached to the blade and the collar allowing rotation of the blade about the collar. The blade first edge is tapered to have a smaller thickness than the second edge, with the first edge thickness being sufficiently narrow to cut a cardboard box or packaging tape while being sufficiently wide to prevent a user's skin from being pierced or lacerated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2015
    Inventor: James Joseph Mangan, IV
  • Publication number: 20150143702
    Abstract: An electronic fork for measuring eating rhythms comprising a conductive fork (F) head with its shoulder and its truncated handle interacting with an electronic card (20) characterized in that on the conductive fork (F) between the neck of the fork (F) and its shoulder is overmolded an insulator (11), on the insulated fork (F) and shoulder assembly is then overmolded an oblong hollow conductive handle (12), the assembly forms an oblong tool (0) inside of which is plugged an electronic key (30) made by assembling an insulated shell (32) around an electronic card (20), the electronic card (20) comprises two contact tracks (P1, P2) between which a capacitive sensor detects the closing of the circuit between the contact tracks (P1, P2), two contact blades (31a, 31b) are housed in the shell (32) in contact at one end with the contact tracks (P1, P2) and exiting the shell (32) to be housed in the position in which the key is plugged into the tool, first against the truncated body of the fork (F) and second against t
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 29, 2013
    Publication date: May 28, 2015
    Inventor: Jacques Lepine
  • Patent number: 9038275
    Abstract: A dust shroud for reciprocating saws has a shroud body with bristles, a vacuum port and an attachment collar attached to the shroud body. The shroud has a slot formed through the collar and shroud body and is expandable and collapsible to fit different sizes of reciprocating saws.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2015
    Assignee: Dustless Depot, LLC
    Inventors: Stanford Jensen, Spencer Loveless
  • Patent number: 9003665
    Abstract: An identification tag having one or more breakaway tools that may be utilized by uncoupling, or otherwise breaking the tool or tools away from the identification tag to expose a working edge or point for example. Generally includes identification information on the tag along with one or more relatively flat tool including but not limited to one or more knives, saws, screwdrivers, pry bars, can openers, bottle openers, chisels, awls, ice picks, sharpeners or any other relatively flat tool with a working edge or point or any combination thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Assignee: DPX Ventures Limited
    Inventor: Robert Young Pelton
  • Publication number: 20150096177
    Abstract: A corrosion protected knife and anvil system is disclosed. A source of lubricating fluid is provided to a lubricating fluid distribution mechanism, coupled to both a knife blade and a salt bridge and an associated sacrificial anode. The sacrificial anode is consumed in order to protect corrosion on a rotating knife blade, which intermittently contacts both an associated anvil in order to cut material used in making disposable products, and the source of lubricating fluid. A knife holder holds a knife which is corrosion protected by an impressed current anode.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 6, 2014
    Publication date: April 9, 2015
    Applicant: Curt G. Joa, Inc.
    Inventors: SUDEEP INGOLE, Lloyd Kreif
  • Publication number: 20150059186
    Abstract: A hand-held power tool information device includes at least one detection unit configured to detect at least one processing distance covered by a cutting edge of a processing tool on a workpiece. The detection unit is also configured to detect the at least one processing distance independently of a guide rail. The hand-held power tool information device can further include a distance sensor unit that is configured to detect at least one distance value.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 27, 2014
    Publication date: March 5, 2015
    Inventors: Christian Bermes, Martial Luepold, Bruno Sinzig
  • Publication number: 20150059187
    Abstract: Various aspects of automated grooming systems and cutting devices are disclosed. One embodiment of an automated grooming system comprises a computing device; a cutting device comprising a handle having a proximal and distal end and a cutting head positioned near the distal end of the handle; and a plurality of positioning sensors configured to send signals to the computing device relaying the position of the cutting head relative to a surface having hair extending therefrom. The computing device may be configured to receive the signals from the positioning device and prepare instructions for actuation of the cutting device. In some embodiments, the cutting device comprises a processor configured to receive the prepared instructions from the computing device and actuate the cutting device according to the prepared instructions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 6, 2014
    Publication date: March 5, 2015
    Inventor: Matthew W. Krenik
  • Publication number: 20150052798
    Abstract: A selectively bendable remote access gripping tool, includes a jaw portion having a pair of jaws or nets movable relative to each other between clamped and opened positions thereof, a handle portion spaced apart from the jaw portion by a bendable central portion that has a hollow, corrugated member that is bendable, and a cord extending through the hollow bendable member that connects the jaw portion and the handle portion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 12, 2014
    Publication date: February 26, 2015
    Inventors: Carter J. Kovarik, Joseph E. Kovarik
  • Publication number: 20150047204
    Abstract: A thumb-mountable protective utensil system and kit comprises a protective housing, a utensil mount and one or more utensil elements, each of which may be attachable to and detachable from the mount. The housing includes a cavity configured to generally conformingly receive a tip segment of a human thumb for snug securement of the housing thereto. The system is adapted to provide protection from cuts, and can accommodate a variety of thumb sizes by incorporating one or more shim elements which are capable of being attached to and removed from the housing. Examples of variations on the utensil element may include a spiked utensil, a grater utensil and a peeler utensil.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 28, 2014
    Publication date: February 19, 2015
    Applicant: CT USA LLC
    Inventor: Gregory Stacy
  • Publication number: 20150026985
    Abstract: A portable electric cutter includes a housing 2 in which a motor 1 is accommodated, a saw blade driven to rotate by the motor, a base 6 coupled to the housing 2 and having a bottom surface slidable on a surface of a material to be cut, a fan 7 driven to rotate by the motor, a driving circuit for switching power supplied to the motor, and a control circuit for controlling the driving circuit. A circuit board 60 on which the driving circuit, the control circuit and others are mounted is provided, motor cooling air vents are provided in the housing 2 on a side opposite to the saw blade, and circuit board cooling air vents are provided in the housing 2 on the side opposite to the saw blade.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 13, 2013
    Publication date: January 29, 2015
    Inventors: Hayato Yamaguchi, Hideyuki Tanimoto, Kenichirou Yoshida, Shinji Kuragno
  • Patent number: 8931178
    Abstract: An air flow deflector which may be retrofit onto an existing hair or animal fur hand clipper. Deflector attaches to the clipper by various means to cover existing air flow channels or air vents on the clipper and directs the clipper motor cooling air away from the clipper. The deflector prevents hair and fur from being blown by such air vents in random directions during use of the clipper by redirecting the existing cooling air away from the clipper housing in a preferred direction. Retrofitting existing clippers is accomplished by attaching the deflector on the clipper over existing vents.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 13, 2015
    Inventor: Albert Beam
  • Publication number: 20150007471
    Abstract: A method of increasing the stability of a corrugated display apparatus defining a plurality of lower openings and having a plurality of walls at least partially defining a plurality of channels, each with a channel width, spanning from one of the plurality of lower openings toward an upper end of the display apparatus, the method including providing a cutting device with a handle length and a blade member coupled along the handle length, cutting a portion of at least one of the plurality of walls with the blade member to combine two of the plurality of channels adjacent to the cut portion of the at least one of the plurality of walls to create an enlarged channel, and inserting a post-like member into the enlarged channel, the post-like member securely retained within the enlarged channel.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 2, 2013
    Publication date: January 8, 2015
    Inventor: William Barry Cepek
  • Publication number: 20140366383
    Abstract: A saw may include a housing, a motor assembly, a fan and a baffle. The motor assembly may be disposed within the housing and may include a driveshaft that is rotatable relative to the housing. The fan may be attached to a first end portion of the driveshaft for rotation with the driveshaft. The baffle may be disposed within the housing and may include a recess and a chute in communication with the recess. The fan may be disposed within the recess and may force air through the recess and into the chute. The chute may extend tangentially from a body of the baffle and may include a shape that curves around a rotational axis of the fan as the chute curves away from a plane in which the fan rotates.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 13, 2013
    Publication date: December 18, 2014
    Inventor: Kelly E. DYER
  • Publication number: 20140366384
    Abstract: A sharpened edge spatula device facilitates food preparation and serving by providing a spatula device having a sharpened edge. The device includes a handle and a head coupled to and extending from the handle. The head has a first edge, a second edge, and a pair of side edges extending between the first edge and the second edge. The side edges taper extending from the first edge to the second edge and the first edge is sharpened.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 14, 2013
    Publication date: December 18, 2014
    Inventor: Laerte X. Costa
  • Patent number: 8904910
    Abstract: A caulking gun may have a tip cutter mechanism that is supported to the body of the caulking gun and that has a blade with a cutting edge. When the dispensing tip of a caulk tube is properly positioned with respect to the body, the blade may be moved with respect to the body to contact the dispensing tip with the cutting edge and cut the dispensing tip of the caulk tube to adjust the amount of caulk material that is dispensed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 9, 2014
    Assignee: The Sherwin-Williams Company
    Inventors: Andrew K. Marsden, Dennis P. De Renzo, Jr., James E. Szpak, Charles T. Buckel, Jr.
  • Patent number: 8898912
    Abstract: A device comprising a handle and a bowl shaped so the bowl fits easily into the mouth of a patient. The bowl has prepackaged within a mixture of a gelatin or natural food such as applesauce or pudding and in some embodiments having a medicament mixed with the carrier medium in a medically efficient amount.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 2, 2014
    Inventor: Adam Leffler
  • Publication number: 20140317934
    Abstract: Active foodware system comprises at least a dining plate unit that provides visual stimuli by having a power source and a visual sensory stimulating component to provide light emanating from the dining plate. Other devices can provide auditory and haptic stimuli. The dining plate unit can be a single component where the device and circuitry are all contained in the unit and protected from water or can be two components: an upper translucent dining plate and an underplate comprising the devices and circuitry for directing light through the upper translucent dining plate.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 17, 2014
    Publication date: October 30, 2014
    Inventor: James F. Kramer
  • Publication number: 20140259682
    Abstract: A VATO comprises a blade, a handle, a stabilizing assembly, and a spherical weight. In a preferred embodiment, the spherical weight makes up a significant portion of the overall weight of the VATO. The spherical weight is positioned between the blade and the handle, and the stabilizing assembly is attached to a rear portion of the handle. When the VATO is thrown, a velocity vector is established in the direction of the trajectory of the VATO. The stabilizing assembly produces aerodynamic drag which assists in keeping the blade oriented in a forward position with respect to the trajectory of the VATO. The spherical weight is permitted to freely rotate thereby enabling the blade, the handle and the stabilizing assembly to independently rotate into alignment with the trajectory of the VATO such that the blade is in a forward position as the VATO strikes a target.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Inventor: Gary G. Makowski
  • Patent number: 8800573
    Abstract: An article for personal hygiene is described, having a partly hollow holder part (2), a toothbrush part (6) and a fastening means (5) for a razor head (7). The toothbrush part (6) is arranged to be folded into the holder part (2), as the toothbrush part (6) has a first end with a hinge mechanism (13, 14), in such a way that the toothbrush part (6) is pivotally fastened to the holder part (2). In the partly hollow holder part (2) it is arranged a wall (22), constituting a physical separation between a first room (20) and a second room (21). The end of the toothbrush part (6) having a toothbrush head (23) is arranged to be folded into the first room (20). The wall (22) constitutes at the same time a fastening for a filling device (25), known per se. More air and drain holes (24, 35, 36, 34a, 34b) are preferably arranged on the article.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 12, 2014
    Inventor: Stein Hofstad
  • Patent number: 8776379
    Abstract: An elongated apparatus for releasably retaining a plurality of utensils in a grouping includes an elongated base and at least one protrusion. The apparatus includes an elongated base having a longitudinal axis and at least one protrusion extending from the elongated base. The at least one protrusion is configured to be removably coupled to a handle end of a utensil such that coupling of the handle end occurs via movement of the handle end along an axis transverse to the longitudinal axis of the elongated base. Upon coupling of the handle end of the utensil to the at least one protrusion, the utensil is restricted from rotating about the longitudinal axis so long as the handle end of the utensil is coupled to the at least one protrusion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 15, 2014
    Assignee: Dixie Consumer Products LLC
    Inventor: Richard S. Walters
  • Publication number: 20140182138
    Abstract: Embodiments of a hair cutting device for use with automated hair cutting systems are disclosed herein. In one embodiment, a hair cutting device comprises a body having a proximal end and a distal end. A cutter head is attached to the distal end of the body, the cutter head configured for manipulating and cutting hair. The hair cutting device further comprises a plurality of sensors coupled to the body for sensing a position of the cutter head relative to a user's head.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 30, 2013
    Publication date: July 3, 2014
    Inventor: Matthew W. Krenik
  • Publication number: 20140173904
    Abstract: A hair cutting device (10) comprises a blade portion (12) and an adjustable cutting guide (16) moveable with respect to the blade portion to provide a reference guide line (19) on a user's skin/body to enable hair to be cut accurately at a predetermined angle or pattern.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 25, 2012
    Publication date: June 26, 2014
    Applicant: KONINKLIJKE PHILIPS N.V.
    Inventors: Ishay Halmut, Jeroen Christian Nijdam
  • Publication number: 20140150267
    Abstract: A trimmer head for use with a trimmer. The trimmer head includes a housing rotatable about an axis, the housing defining a cavity for receiving a spool carrying a length of trimmer line, the housing further defining a housing mating feature. The trimmer head also includes a first cap member having a first mating feature formed as one piece with the first cap member and operable to cooperate with the housing mating feature. The trimmer head also includes a second cap member having a second mating feature formed as one piece with the second cap member and operable to cooperate with the housing mating feature. The second cap member provides a cutting feature independent from the trimmer line. The first cap member and the second cap member are releasably and interchangeably coupleable to the housing without the use of tools.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 3, 2012
    Publication date: June 5, 2014
    Applicant: TECHTRONIC OUTDOOR PRODUCTS TECHNOLOGY LIMITED
    Inventors: Lee E. Sowell, Robert Andrew Patrick
  • Patent number: 8739412
    Abstract: The utility knife blade is a blade for a utility knife having a slot formed in the blade that is especially useful when scoring drywall. The slot may engage a tape measure adjacent the tape hook so that the cutting edge at the scoring tip of the blade extends below the tape measure hook to engage the sheet of drywall. The slot extends through the cutting edge into the body of the blade at a slight angle relative to normal, preferably about 10°. The blade has a slot at each end so that the blade may be reversed when one end is dulled or broken. The blade has an otherwise standard configuration, typically having a trapezoidal body with a cutting edge extending along the longer parallel edge and a pair of notches in the shorter parallel edge for engaging knife holder retainer pins in the slidable utility knife holder carriage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 3, 2014
    Inventor: Constantine M. Gioia
  • Publication number: 20140137413
    Abstract: A feeding utensil (100) having a handle (102), a tool (104) end and an integrally formed flexible elongate strap (106) and the strap (106) having an engagement section (109) suitable for engaging with a portion of the handle (102), and methods of manufacture of such a feeding utensil (100).
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 4, 2012
    Publication date: May 22, 2014
    Inventors: Muhammad Imran Hanif, Manit Wongchaiseree
  • Patent number: 8714064
    Abstract: A power tool, particularly a hand-held power tool, is provided with a sensor unit for sensing an observation area on the workpiece side with varying resolution and having arranged in front of it a lens system with lenses of varying focal length.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 6, 2014
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Thilo Koeder, Joachim Platzer, Ulli Hoffmann
  • Patent number: 8707490
    Abstract: Survival knife that includes structural elements to implement any combination of a bottle opener/pan holder feature, wire breaker/choil, jimping/wire strippers, hex nut driver/lashing point, pry bar/scraper, glass breaker in a single blade configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 29, 2014
    Assignee: DPX Ventures Limited
    Inventor: Robert Young Pelton
  • Patent number: 8707542
    Abstract: A power tool for trimming soft materials has a power driver with a drive train engaged with a cylindrical cutter body wherein the power driver rotates the cutter body about its longitudinal axis. A plurality of mutually spaced apart cutter teeth are fixed to an exterior surface of the cutter body. The cutter teeth each have a top surface and a sidewall surface, the sidewall surface extensive between the top surface and an exterior surface of the cutter body. The top surface of each of the cutter teeth is a four-sided convex polygon and the sidewall surface includes four mutually discrete surfaces corresponding to the sides of the polygon, with each of said discrete surfaces extending between the top surface and the cutter body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 29, 2014
    Assignee: Schmidt & Dirks Designs, Inc.
    Inventors: Jay Dean Dirks, Preston Wayne Schmidt
  • Publication number: 20140109411
    Abstract: A multi-function grass-cutting head (100), of the type intended to be associated with a motor to rotate around an axis of rotation (X) thereof, including a peripheral area (103) which extends around the axis of rotation (X) and at least one supporting portion (104) for at least one cutting element (105) provided on the peripheral area (103). The head also includes structure (106) for adjusting the angular position of the supporting portion (104) of the at least one cutting element (105), around an axis of adjustment (Y), transverse to the axis of rotation (X) of the head.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 18, 2013
    Publication date: April 24, 2014
    Applicant: ARNETOLI MOTOR S.R.L.
    Inventor: Fabrizio ARNETOLI
  • Publication number: 20140033541
    Abstract: An eating utensil such as a disposable plastic fork, spoon, knife, or combination thereof, is combined with at least one oral hygienic device such as a toothpick, interdental pick-brush, brush, tongue cleaner and/or a dental flosser for personal use after eating in a location where oral hygienic facilities may not be otherwise available. In some embodiments the oral hygienic device may be permanently attached to the eating utensil, which can serve as a handle for using the oral hygienic device. In other embodiments the oral hygienic device may be displaced in a snap-off or bend-away manner at score lines to expose the oral hygienic device for use, either still attached to the utensil or removed for separate use, optionally configured with a thumb-finger grip tab.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 7, 2013
    Publication date: February 6, 2014
    Inventor: Jackson L. Crisp
  • Patent number: 8641222
    Abstract: The haircutting shears with illuminated level are adapted to aid a hairstylist in performing precise haircutting procedures. The shears are provided with a spirit level encased in an illuminated housing, which is disposed on the outer surface of one of the blades of the shears. The illuminated spirit level allows the stylist to quickly view the level to determine if the cutting angles are being executed in a desired manner. An integrated circuit device is housed in the shears and connected to the level for obtaining and storing data therefrom. A USB port is provided for connecting the integrated circuit device to a processor or other display device. The USB port also provides a charging means for the illuminating device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2014
    Inventor: John C. Lydick
  • Publication number: 20140000115
    Abstract: A light-irradiating beauty device includes: a cutter; and a light-irradiating part that is placed beside the cutter, and is configured to irradiate light. The cutter includes: a retractable trimmer blade including a movable blade and a stationary blade; an operation means configured to protrude the trimmer blade from the beauty device or retract the trimmer blade into the beauty device; and a driver for driving the movable blade along the stationary blade. The driver stops moving the movable blade when the trimmer blade has been retracted into the beauty device by the operation means.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 15, 2012
    Publication date: January 2, 2014
    Applicant: PANASONIC CORPORATION
    Inventors: Hidekazu Sueyoshi, Tomoyuki Inoue, Kenichi Murakami